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SIR LUCIAN
TURNS IT UP
UMG chief is sitting on top of the world. (9/16a)
OCEAN ACTIVITY?
Let's be Frank. (9/16a)
DRAKE IS EXTREMELY WEALTHY
And not just in Canadian dollars. (9/16a)
KACEY TURNS A PAGE
A close reading of star-crossed (9/10a)
TOP 20: RE-CERTIFIED
The Toronto Raptor strikes again. (9/16a)
HITS' 35TH ANNIVERSARY
A chronicle of the inexplicable.
GRAMMY: ALBUM OF THE YEAR
We make yet more predictions, which you are free to ignore.
2022 TOURS
May we all be vaxxed by then.
ROCK'S NEW CHAPTER
Power pop, global glam and the return of the loud.
Blighty Beat
U.K. CHARTS: DAVE SETS A '21 RECORD
7/30/21

British rapper Dave has scored the biggest albums opening week of 2021 in the U.K. with We’re All Alone in This Together (NBR) topping the chart on 76k sales. Over on singles, Ed Sheeran remains at #1.

Dave, who claims his second Official Albums #1 today, beats the record set by Olivia Rodrigo, whose SOUR (Polydor) picked up 51k first-week chart sales in June. The British rapper has the biggest opening week since November 2019, when Coldplay’s Everyday Life (Parlophone) opened on 81k.

Fifty-six percent of We’re All Alone’s sales came from physical and downloads; the album’s 12 tracks racked up 38.5m streams.

Elsewhere on albums, Anne-Marie is new at #2 with Therapy (Atlantic), while KSI’s All Over The Place (BMG) drops to #4.

Two albums enter this week’s Top 10: The Kid LAROI’s F*ck Love (RCA) rises 46 places to #6 following the release of the collection’s final chapter, Over You. Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black (Island) is up 29 places to #7 following the 10-year anniversary of her death.

Further down, Paul McCartney is new at #13 with McCartney III Imagined (EMI), a duets-filled remix of his chart-topping collection, McCartney III.

On the U.K.’s Official Singles chart, Sheeran’s “Bad Habits” (Atlantic) extends its run at #1 for a fifth week with 85k sales, including 9.95m streams.

Dave has two entries in the Top 10 following the release of his second album: “Verdansk” is new at #4 and “The Fire” opens at #6.

Two new releases land in this week’s Top 20: Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow’s “Industry Baby” (Columbia) at #13, and Anne-Marie & Little Mix’s “Kiss My (Uh Oh)” at #17.